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LGBTQ movement acts as inspiration for immigration reform

LGBTQ movement acts as inspiration for immigration reform

By Fabiola Barral Extra! fter the neon skin-tight clothes were peeled off and the strewn banners were cleaned off the streets of Boystown, it was time to get to business. If last Sunday’s Pride Parade was a full blown celebration of the landmark achievements gays have achieved this past year, the Latino Policy Forum’s “Rethinking

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Veterans open up about immigration

By Michael Bacos Extra! n May 27, Veterans for Immigration Reform held a discussion at the Pritzker Military Library to discuss the role of immigrants in the U.S. Armed Forces and how immigration reform is needed to protect these immigrant veterans. Rodrigo Garcia, a former Marine and the son of undocumented immigrants, gave the keynote

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Chicago hosts its first edition of Bolero Festival

By Mayra Buitron Extra News! On May 31, the Copernicus Center in Chicago will host the first edition of the Festival del Bolero, a genre full of romance. The evening promises to be a success with its artistic presentations by the legends Trio Los Panchos from Mexico, Danny Rivera and Nelson Gonzalez from Puerto Rico.

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Local Chicago mothers break the silence of violence

By Nikoleta Morales Chicago EXTRA! (LL Editor’s note: This article was published before Mother’s Day.) Not all mothers will celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend. Some mothers, like Gena Hernandez, Dorothy Rosario, Elizabeth Ramirez and Maria Torres, mourn the loss of their sons who died to unsolved crimes in Chicago. They are all part of the

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Chicago – a hotspot for Latino theater companies

By Silvia Foster-Frau Extra News! Chicago may not compete with the theater scene of Los Angeles or New York City, but the Latino theater scene is a different story. There are over 25 Latino theater companies of varying sizes in Chicago. Performance groups like Dominizuelan, Salsation, and MARIA as well as theater companies such as

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César Chávez “Together we can!”

By Nikoleta Morales Extra! It has been 21 years since the passing of one of the most historic and iconic Latino-American heroes—César Chávez. Considered by many to be the Latino-American Martin Luther King, Chávez inspired and fought for farm workers’ rights through non-violent means. Together with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers’ Association.

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